This was actually the topic that initially sparked the idea of Thursday Thoughts and made all of this wonderfulness possible! So, speaking of Divergent, I'm going to start off by addressing the conversation my best friend and I had about a month ago that got me thinking about how everyone perceives things differently and has different opinions while reading. My friend hates Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, who is the main character of Divergent in case you weren't aware. She just can't get over how much she doesn't look like what she pictured. But, for me personally, I think that the casting of the movie was absolutely immaculate. Literally everyone was exactly how I pictured them when I was reading the book. (Especially Christina. I think that Zoe Kravitz is PERFECT for that role.)
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What shocks me, though, is that people still get crazy excited for book to movie adaptations. That's because they don't realize this! Not every movie will be a smash hit like The Hunger Games and not every movie will do a good job of depicting the characters just as you think they will because ten other people pictured them ten other ways when they read it. However, that's not a bad thing by any means! We just need to be open minded going into a book to movie adaptation. Don't have too high of expectations. For example, when the very first Harry Potter film came out way back in the day some people were totally against Daniel Radcliffe saying he didn't fit the role. But in hindsight, are those people totally happy now after all the movies have come out and been fantastic? I bet they are.
Back to Divergent since it's kind of my example movie for this post (even though I have yet to see it. *cries*), I do know that there are a few secondary characters from the book who aren't going to be featured in the first movie. This totally upsets me. I'm not going to say who because maybe that's considered spoilers? I don't know. Either way, I do get a little pissy when characters or remotely relevant plot points are left out in movies. Like, would it really have hurt you to put in that one more little scene? Probably not. But, now it's hurting me because it's not there. Okay, I'm being a little bit over-dramatic, but you get what I'm trying to say.
Now, to address the final question that I proposed in the prompt; Do you mind seeing the movie before reading the book? No. Plain and simple, I do not mind. I am not one of those strict readers who is like "Oh my god, I can't let myself see the movie yet because I've never read that book." One of the main reasons for this is that I'm a slow reader. That's kind of a silly reason, but if there's a movie out that I want to see I'm going to go see it regardless. The only situation I can really think of in which I wouldn't see the movie until reading the book is, like, books in a series. By the time they make the Insurgent movie... I will hopefully be finished reading the book and if not, I probably won't see it until I am. This is amusing because, if you weren't aware, I've been trying to get though Insurgent for a good 6 months or something ridiculous like that. At this point it's kind of a DNF. Whatever. I'm getting off on a tangent.
All in all, I have a pretty open mind when books become movies and I think that's the best way to go into it. If you keep an open mind and make sure your expectations aren't too high, you'll be able to appreciate the movie regardless of how it turns out. And, that's all I have to say on that! I hope you enjoyed this Thursday Thoughts post. Don't forget to link up below if you're joining in!
Have you seen Divergent yet? Did you enjoy it (no spoilers!)? What is your favorite book to movie adaptation ever?